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SUBJECT: Music Monday 6.5.23

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June 5, 2023
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Happy June Music Studio Families!

Can you believe we're near the end of the 2022-2023 school year?

Do you know what that means? It's election time! 

Join the Music Studio Executive Board and become an active part of the music studio community while forging new relationships with other parents! Yes, it's a lot of work (for a really good cause - our kids!) AND its Fun! So, volunteer for the 2023-2024 school year!

Join us on Monday, June 12th at 7:30 via Zoom for our Music Studio Election Meeting! 

We'll be electing 2 Vocal Reps and 2 Instrumental Reps. All other positions are volunteer based, but commitment is imperative. It's a little less formal than the General PA elections, so don't be shy, jump on in.

13 Positions:

Vocal Representative (2) - elected

Instrumental Representative (2) - elected

Corresponding Secretary (2) - volunteer

Recording Secretary (2) - volunteer

Volunteer Coordinator (2) - volunteer

Merchandise Coordinator (1) - volunteer

Budget Manager (2) - volunteer

*If there are more than 2 volunteers per position, then there will be a vote*

General Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us on May 23rd for our last General Meeting.  We were joined by senior band members Theodore Olsen - flute, Kenya Perez - flute, and Frances Bruschi - clarinet, who performed Divertimento by Malcolm Arnold, movements 1 and 2. 

AP of Music, Ben Schott also joined us to answer questions from parents and talk to us briefly about new changes for the coming school year.

You can view the meeting minutes here.

Calling All Volunteers

Treble Chorus at the Apollo Theater: June 6, 2023, 2:15 p.m.

TOMORROW!!  The Treble Chorus will be representing LaGuardia at the Manhattan Borough Arts Festival at the Apollo Theater. Leave LaG at 2:15 p.m. Performance ends by 8 p.m. 

Need 4 additional chaperones!

Semi Annual Concert: Philharmonic and Senior Chorus, Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10th 

It's the final concert of the year! Come volunteer to sell merchandise and be part of the magic that is LaGuardia!

Show Choir at Tweed: June 15, 2023, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Show Choir will perform at the Chancellor's Pride Celebration.

Need 2 additional chaperones!

Senior Awards Dessert Table: June 22, 2023

Come volunteer! 

We're putting together a small committee to execute this for the senior class. 

Join us via Zoom, this Wednesday, June 7th at 8 p.m.

If interested in any of the above volunteer opportunities, please respond to the email that went out to all music families from our Volunteer Coordinator, Sherry Stuart Berman. Didn't receive the email but want to volunteer? 

Please contact

Spring Semi-Annual Concert
LaGuardia Music Studio Highlights
Congratulations LaGuardia Bands!

On Wednesday May 17th, the LaGuardia High School Symphonic Band, conducted by Kimberly Roof, and Wind Symphony, conducted by David Blumenthal, took their show on the road to the Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn. Over 130 students who comprise the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony performed at the NYSSMA Majors Festival, where they were adjudicated by two judges, receiving written and recorded feedback on their performance. Over four days, there were 50 ensembles who performed at this festival.

The Symphonic Band performed a program featuring Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, Diamond Tide by Viet Cuong, and Salt March by Aakash Mittal. They received a Gold for their outstanding performance. The Wind Symphony performed a program featuring Midway March by John Williams, Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold and Of Our New Day Begun by Omar Thomas. They received a Gold, with Distinction, for their fantastic performance. This was an exciting day for the LaGuardia community! 

"We are of course proud of our students, their performance and our programming! Furthermore, we all had the most fun traveling together to our performance venue and spending time together, enjoying each other not only as a LaGuardia community, but as members of the NYC music-student community." ~Kimberly Roof

Congratulations LaGuardia Gospel Choir!

On Tuesday, May 23rd, the LaGuardia Gospel Choir and Band performed at Tweed Courthouse, the Department of Education's headquarters, as they celebrated the release of their annual Arts in Schools Report, which examines the programs available to students citywide. Paul Thompson, Executive Director of The Arts Office for the DOE, chose the LaGuardia Gospel Choir and Band as an example of artistic programming in public schools. 

"Dr. Jordan and TJ Walkers “angels” opened the festivities as only they could, bringing the audience of educators to tears while Paul Thompson played in duo with senior Elijah Allen, to create a true wall of sound that surrounded the building with pure joy and the beautifully piercing sound of two trumpets." ~Kim Smith

Click the below photo and links to hear and learn more:

Read the latest Arts in Schools Reports 

NYCSchools Instagram Post - Elijah Allen & Paul Thompson

Student Spotlight

Congratulations goes out to Senior Elijah Allen, for being nominated and accepted into the Vail Jazz Workshop, being held August 26th through September 4th, 2023!

Elijah was nominated (by Keyon Harrold and Leron Thomas) and chosen (by John Clayton, Terrel Stafford, Bill Cunliffe, Dick Oates, Wycliffe Gordon and Lewis Nash) to attend the Vail Jazz Workshop this August. 

Elijah is one of only 12 students in North America chosen for this prestigious and coveted program run by John Clayton; where one cannot apply, but has to be nominated and then chosen following submission. The Vail Jazz Workshop is extremely competitive to get into and a real honor to be chosen.

Click the below links to learn more about this incredible program & alumni:

Blurb From Ben

Hello Music Studio Families,

Welcome to June! 

The end of the school year here, just like that and we're closing out our spring concert season with the Semi Annual Spring Concert featuring the LaGuardia Philharmonic and the Senior Chorus on June 9th and 10th. I look forward to seeing you there!

Please save the date and Join me on June 22nd at the Music Studio General Meeting where I will be discussing bell schedule changes for the coming school year.


Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions or concerns.

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal - Music

Don't Forget!

Purchase Tickets Here

June 7 - Senior Dessert Planning Meeting via Zoom, 8 p.m.

June 9 &10 - Spring Semi-Annual Concert: Philharmonic (Friday), Senior Chorus (Saturday), 6:30 p.m., Concert Hall

June 12 - Music Studio Board Election Meeting via Zoom, 7:30 p.m., Click here to join!

June 22 - Senior Awards Dessert Table, 2 p.m. (Volunteers needed)

June 22 - Final Music Studio General Meeting with AP of Music, Ben Schott: Bell Schedule update, Zoom, 7:30 p.m., Click here to join!

Thank You For Your Support!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the music studio community for your continuous support and generous donations this year! 

This year marked the return of a full performance year at LaGuardia in three years! 

We were able to get full understanding of the demanding needs of our studio, see our students flourish and appreciate the wonder of everything it takes to produce these performances.

In order for this to continue, we really need your support more than ever!

Please consider donating today!

Text LAGMUSIC to 44321 to receive a private link to donate via credit card or bank account.

Celebrate your student and support the LaGuardia High School Music Studio! 

Don't forget to share with your networks!

Music Studio Merchandise!!

The Music Studio has some NEW MERCHANDISE just in time for Spring!

Don't be shy; show off your school spirit in our latest merchandise!

Our online Music Studio Store is now openOrders will be available for pick-up on specific days (we will email you after your order) in the front lobby across from the security desk.

If you have questions or comments please email

Limited sizes available for Proud LaG Parent tees

Other Opportunities
Vocal Club Jazz Concert


SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

147 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Enjoy a listening experience from Vocal and Instrumental Jazz students

Purchase Tickets Here: $20 - Adults, $15 - Students

*Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult*

*this is not a LaGuardia High School or Parents Association event*

Jazz Vocal Workshop

Yaala Ballin is an Israeli-born jazz vocalist who has performed in prestigious jazz venues throughout New York City and has toured all over the world. Yaala leads Master Classes in New York, Europe and Israel, and is currently an Instructor at Magnus, The New School in NYC.  

Recently, Yaala conducted a Master Class for LaGuardia’s Jazz Vocal Club.  Yaala will be offering Jazz Vocal Workshops that can help any vocalist in their performance of song. This is a special opportunity for LaGuardia Students.


From the Top is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians ages 8-18. Students take part in their Fellowship, which includes recording for the NPR radio program and participating in online sessions with peers, exploring the power of community engagement, content creation, and career paths as musicians. 

If you would like to apply for this opportunity click HERE 

Application Deadline: June 15, 2023


Playing in an orchestra or band provides an incredible opportunity for students to enrich their music education and gain valuable social experiences by making music on a grand scale with their peers.

With seven orchestras and a symphonic band, Third Street offers the largest and most expansive orchestral program in NYC. Young musicians ages 5 through 19, from the very beginner to the most advanced, are guaranteed to find a home in one of our ensembles.

Fall 2023 Auditions, Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Audition Sign-Up


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is inviting 6 rising 12th grade students from LaGuardia to take part in an art-making workshop inspired by the new opera adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower premiering at David Geffen Hall on July 14, 2023.

Participants of the workshop will work with Lincoln Center Teaching Artists and William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellows in an inquiry-based experience inspired by the work of art.

There are 6 available spots for applicants who have an interest in composition, singing, or theater-making and are curious about investigating the process for adapting this classic Afro-futurist novel through music and live theatrical storytelling.

Workshop Information:

Date: Friday, July 14, 2023

Location: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 

  • 3pm-6pm: Attend a pre-performance workshop with Lincoln Center Teaching Artists
  • 6pm-7pm: Dinner (provided by Lincoln Center)

  • 7:30pm: Attend Performance at David Geffen Hall (pending availability)

*Please submit the brief application below to be considered as a participant for the workshop. DEADLINE for submitting:Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 11:59pm

Application Link:


Make Music, Make Friends, & Play Live on Stage in NYC

Grow as a person and a musician in NYC's longest runing rock band summer camp. Play in a band and perform on stage at a club here in NYC!

  • Program for all levels: Rock Band 101, Rock Band, or Rock Band & Recording.
  • Advanced students compose & record original music as a band in the unique Rock Band and Recording program
  • Two Week Sessions: 7/5 - 7/14, 7/17 - 7/28, & 7/31 - 8/11
  • Open to all instruments: Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Drums, Keys.



Teen Summer Workshops

Welcome to Summer at Third Street!

We understand the importance of continuing your music and dance education year round, so we hope that you will register for individual lessons, or one of our exciting summer workshops:

Piano Ensemble Workshop

Chamber Music Workshop

Musical Theatre Workshop, Level II

Jazz Workshop

Instrument or Voice Lessons

FROM THE TOP Scholarship Opportunity

For any dedicated young musicians with financial need, in need of funds to support an instrument purchase, regular private lessons, or summer program tuition, students can apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. From the Top’s need-based award of up to $10,000 given in conjunction with full participation in From the Top’s Learning and Media Lab Fellowship.

  • High School seniors graduating in 2024 must apply by November 15, 2023 in order to be considered for the award before graduation.


Application deadlines vary by program, so please check the website.

The NYU Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions Summer Programs include the following options for students: Jazz Improv and Composers Workshop, Percussion, Strings, Brass Workshop, Woodwind Intensive, Piano Intensive, Vocal Performance Intensive, Screen Scoring Workshop, Songwriters Workshop, Musical Theatre Conducting Intensive, Music Technology Intensive, Music Business: What Makes a Star. Click the link above for more information.

Upcoming Events on the LaG School Calendar
Wednesday, June 7
11:15a Box Office Open
12:09p Senior Showcase
4:00p Junior Dance Project
6:00p Senior One Acts (Davidson)
7:00p Junior Dance Project
Friday, June 9
7:45a Fiorello Friday
6:30p Spring Semi-Annual Concert
Saturday, June 10
9:00a Model UN Conference, hosted by LaGuardia (tentative)
6:30p Semi-Annual Concert
Monday, June 12
Science Fair
Tuesday, June 13
Dance Senior Celebration
Drama Senior Celebration
6:00p SLT Mtg
Wednesday, June 14
7:30a Principal's Office Hours
11:15a Box Office Open
Current Music Studio Board Members

General contact:

Instrumental Co-reps: Rebecca Sherman and Monique Johnson -

Vocal Co-reps: Marcee Smith and Christian O'Connor 

Corresponding Secretaries: Tauheedah Yasin and Danielle Soto

Recording Secretary: Catherine Bernstein and Laetitia Ducroux - Assistant 

Audit Manager: Barbette Leonard and Vanessa Enriquez - Audit Manager Assistant

Merchandise Director:  Marcee Smith and Diane Vasquez, Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinators - Sherry Stuart Berman and Sonya Houston

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